Graduate Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students. For further information, visit the website of individual colleges.
Graduate assistants can be paid for the equivalent of a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session. Students with assistantships must be registered for at least nine credits during the fall and spring semesters (audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).
Students who have a 21 – 40 hour per week research or teaching assistantship during the summer semester are in taxable status by default and have no summer registration requirements
Teaching assistantships may involve teaching courses, leading a discussion section, supervising a laboratory, grading papers, or meeting with students. The typical appointment involves working up to 20 hours per week. A teaching assistant receives a stipend, health insurance and tuition payment (see below) by the university:
Research Assistantships are most common in science and engineering fields, but are often available in other fields as well. Research assistants work in laboratories and other settings to assist faculty on research projects. Research assistants also receive a stipend, health insurance, a tuition award based on workload (see below) and in some cases may include payment of fees. Research assistant support is provided by grants/contracts:
Service Assistantships involve service activities such as office duties, library services, residence hall duties, athletic services, or other academic or professional assignments.
Graduate students are eligible for student employment. This link will take you to the latest information on available employment at UAA.
Graduate Assistants must be registered full-time (nine credits consisting of a minimum of three graduate credits; audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).For information on budgeting for Graduate Assistantships.
For information on current costs to fully support a Graduate Assistant.
Determining Student Employment:
When completing the Student Employee Waiver Form, keep the following in mind:
Submission of this form is required when requesting a waiver to the University of Alaska Student Employment policies to waive current grade point average requirements of 2.0 or to request an overload of greater than 20 hours in student working hours. This form must be completed and signed by the student and the current supervisor and submitted to Student and Enrollment Services before any exceptions will be considered. Foreign nationals on temporary student visas are not permitted to work more than 20 hours while classes are in session and are not eligible for an overload waiver.
Example of student stipend and benefit calculations:
Contract Letter Templates
Contract Letter Templates: (please note: the org & fund information for both the tuition award and health insurance information must be included on the contract letter in the box on page 2. Grants & Contracts must approve the contract for Research Assistants on grants. All contract letters MUST be signed by the student before the contract will be processed.) Please send copies of the contract letters to the Graduate School at UAA_graduateschool@uaa.alaska.edu or send them to ADM 218A for review. Once you have received approval from Graduate School, you are also required to Grants & Contracts, Human Resources, and Accounts Payable for processing. Failure to do so, will hold up the student's tuition payment and stipend.
Student Health Insurance
Tuition for Graduate Student Researchers
Please note that students must be in the state for two years to qualify for the in-state tuition rate, or they can apply for resident status after residing in the state for one year under the university's "bona fide resident" provision.
Tuition and Fees Link.
UAA Current Employment Opportunities
Graduate Students are eligible for student employment. This link will take you to the latest information on available employment at UAA.